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Autumn 2013 Program Highlights
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
DICK TRACY (7-23-47) An isolated episode from “The Case of the Unfunny Clowns.” Dick and Pat Patton go undercover as circus clowns to track down a murderer. Sustaining, ABC. (15 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (1-14-46) Basil Rathbone stars as Holmes, with Nigel Bruce as Watson, who narrates the story of how Holmes solved a murder while traveling incognito in the Himalayan mountains. Harry Bartell announces. Petri Wines, MBS. (29 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (3-24-49) With Bill Goodwin, announcer Tobe Reed, Bea Benaderet, Frank Nelson, and guest Jane Wyman. George and Gracie talk about the upcoming Academy Awards. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (28 min)
DIARY OF FATE (3-23-48) “The Paul Reese Entry” tells the story of a sportswriter who overhears a plot to fix a fight and agrees to keep quiet in exchange for a bribe. Cast: Lois Andres, Steve Brody, Herbert Litton, Jerry Hausner, Hal Sawyer. Syndicated. (27 min)
LUM AND ABNER (2-26-35) An isolated episode of the long-running series, with Chester Lauck as Lum and Norris Goff as Abner, who has been voted manager of the Jot ‘em Down Store. Horlick’s Malted Milk, MBS. (15 min)
DIMENSION X (7-14-50) “The Man in the Moon” starring Luis Van Rooten and Santos Ortega. The Bureau of Missing Persons receives a transmission that appears to be coming from the moon. Cast includes Joe DeSantis, Larry Haines, Raymond Edward Johnson. Wheaties, NBC. (30 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (6-11-47) Bing Crosby stars, with guests Ethel Merman and Alec Templeton, in a show presented in New York for military audiences. Bing talks about vacation plans and sings “If This Isn’t Love” and “It’s a Good Day.” Later, Bing joins Ethel for a version of “Anything You Can Do.” Glenn Riggs announces. Philco, ABC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
RADIO IN THE FALL OF 1945
Read the article about radio in the fall of 1945 in the Summer 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-3-45) “The Enchanted Cottage” starring Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire in a radio adaptation of the film based on the story by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. Hunt Stromberg is guest producer. Lux Soap, CBS. (20 min & 20 min & 18 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (9-11-45) It’s the first show of the season, from the Corpus Christi Naval Training Center, with Skinnay Ennis, Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna and guest Robert Montgomery. Bob salutes Holly-wood’s contribution to the war effort. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-7-45) The first show of the new season, with Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, the DeMarco Sisters, and guests Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Fred meets the newest residents of Allen’s Alley and tells the story of how he got back into radio after taking a year off. The Allen’s Alley question: “How is the housing shortage affecting you?” AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min)
THIS IS YOUR FBI (10-26-45) “Serviceman’s Fraud,” narrated by Reed Hadley. The FBI investigates a fascistic organization targeting returning servicemen. Cast includes Harry Bartell, William Johnstone. Equitable Life Assurance Society, ABC. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (10-30-45) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, broadcasting from the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto for the Ninth Canadian Victory Loan, with Gale Gordon, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet, announcer Harlow Wilcox, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee has entered his sculpture in the local art competition. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
SPOTLIGHT ON DANNY KAYE
BIOGRAPHY IN SOUND (9-10-57) “Danny Kaye: The Prince of Clowns,” narrated by Walter O’Keefe. This documentary features many clips from Kaye’s performing career and interviews Danny, his brother Larry, wife Sylvia Fine, Max Liebman, Dinah Shore, Leo Durocher, and many others. Sustaining, NBC. (25 min and 27 min)
MAIL CALL (10-25-44) Mistress of Ceremonies Tallulah Bankhead welcomes Danny Kaye, The Pied Pipers, organist Ethel Smith and singer Georgia Gibbs. Danny performs a soap opera parody, “Hilda Hotchkiss, Girl Woman” and sings “Minnie the Moocher.” AFRS. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-6-55) With Mary Livingstone, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mel Blanc, the Sportsmen Quartet, and guests Danny Kaye (who sings “Lily of the Valley”) and Jack Warner, who wants to film “The Life of Jack Benny.” Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (26 min)
SUSPENSE (1-5-50) “I Never Met the Dead Man” starring Danny Kaye as an ex-con who witnesses a street killing and finds himself arrested as a suspect. Cast includes Herb Butterfield, Elliott Lewis, John McIntire. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min)
DANNY KAYE SHOW (1-13-45) The second show of the series, with Eve Arden, Lionel Stander, Harry James and His Music Makers, singer Kitty Kallen, announcer Ken Niles. Danny presents his life story and sings the “Lobby Number” from Up in Arms. Pabst Blue Ribbon, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about The Danny Kaye Show in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
THE WHISTLER (9-10-45) “Phone Call From Death,” starring Bill Forman as the Whistler. A woman receives a mysterious call from her best friend. Cast includes Lurene Tuttle, Elliott Lewis. Marvin Miller announces. Signal Oil, CBS. (30 min)
DUFFY’S TAVERN (12-15-42) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the Manager, with Eddie Green as Eddie, Charlie Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, and guests Kate Smith and Ted Collins. Archie wants Kate to sing at the tavern and must negotiate her contract with Ted. AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min)
GUNSMOKE (5-8-54) “The Constable,” starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc, Georgia Ellis as Kitty. When a trail boss complains about Dillon arresting his men, the merchants of Dodge City hire a constable to help the marshal keep the peace. Cast includes John Dehner, Jack Kruschen, Joseph Kearns, Fred MacKaye, Vic Perrin. Sustaining, CBS. (26 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (3-20-46) From San Francisco, with the Pied Pipers, announcer Marvin Miller, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra and guest Van Johnson. Frank sings “Personality,” “Embraceable You,” and “From This Day On”; The Pied Pipers sing “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy.” Van recalls his days as a real estate agent. Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (28 min)
BILL STERN SPORTS NEWSREEL (1-13-50) From Los Angeles, with a guest appearance by Boris Karloff. The famous sportscaster tells the story of a strange prophecy involving three prizefighters and talks about the connection between sports and music. Colgate Shave Cream, NBC. (15 min)
MY FRIEND IRMA (2-16-48) Marie Wilson stars as Irma, with Cathy Lewis as Jane, Hans Conried as Professor Kropotkin, John Brown as Al, Gloria Gordon as Mrs. O’Reilly. The Professor has written a concerto and is looking for a publisher. Cast includes Alan Reed. Swan Soap, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
FRED ALLEN SHOW (2-24-46) With Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Minerva Pious, Alan Reed, Parker Fennelley, The DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the Orchestra, and guest Arthur Treacher, who joins Fred for a hillbilly sketch. The Allen’s Alley question: “Do you believe in hobbies?” AFRS rebroadcast. (31 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (2-15-13) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor, writer and director Carl Reiner, who talks about his book I Remember Me, and his career in radio and television. Recorded by telephone from Mr. Reiner’s home in Los Angeles, California. (38 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
JOE PENNER SHOW (12-13-36) With Jimmy Grier and the Orchestra, vocalists Joy Hodges and Gene Austin, announcer Bill Goodwin. Joe and his family, The Park Avenue Penners, plan a trip to Russia. Cocomalt, CBS. (29 min)
THE FALCON (8-20-50) “The Case of the Disappearing Doll,” starring Les Damon as Michael Waring (a.k.a. The Falcon), who is hired to find a gangster’s moll with $80,000 in stolen money. Cast includes Mandel Kramer, Joan Alexander, Leon Janney. Sustaining, NBC. (25 min)
JUBILEE #120 (2-12-45) Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman is master of ceremonies, with Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra, Wingy Manone, vocalist Sarah Vaughan, who sings “Mean To Me.” The Eckstine band plays “Together” and “Without a Song.” AFRS. (30 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
HALLOWE’EN WITH ORSON WELLES
THE SHADOW (10-31-37) “The Three Ghosts” starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston, with Agnes Moorehead as the lovely Margot Lane. A newlywed couple takes a home in the country that appears to be inhabited by ghosts. The Shadow investigates. Blue Coal, MBS. (29 min)
THE BLACK MUSEUM (1952) Orson Welles narrates “The Spotted Bedsheet,” the tale of an object found in Scotland Yard’s famous museum of crime. A young woman traveling on a luxury liner disappears from her cabin. Syndicated. (26 min)
SUSPENSE (5-4-44) “The Dark Tower,” stars Orson Welles in a story by George S. Kaufman and Alexander Woolcott. An actress recovering from a nervous breakdown suffers another shock when her dead husband appears at her door. Cast includes Hans Conried, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan. Roma Wines, CBS. (30 min)
MERCURY THEATRE OF THE AIR (10-30-38) “The War of The Worlds,” starring Orson Welles in the most famous radio broadcast of all time, the story of an invasion from the planet Mars. Adapted for radio by Howard Koch and John Houseman. With Paul Stewart, Frank Readick, Kenny Delmar, Ray Collins, Carl Frank, Richard Wilson, William Alland, Stefan Schanbel, announcer Dan Seymour. Sustaining, CBS. (40 min and 18 min) Read the article about this broadcast in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
CHUCK SCHADEN AND THE RADIO HALL OF FAME
LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (1938) An isolated episode of the long-running adventure series, with Shirley Bell as Annie and Allan Baruck as Joe. Shipwrecked on an island, Annie, Joe and Bud Wilcox try to build a radio from the equipment on their boat. Pierre Andre announces. Ovaltine, MBS. (15 min)
WALLY PHILLIPS SHOW (12-28-64) An excerpt from Wally’s long-running morning show, with Holland Engel, calls from listeners, and records from the Village Stompers, Andy Williams, Lester Lanin, and others. Participating sponsors, WGN. (30 min)
COLUMBIA PRESENTS CORWIN (5-30-44) “Untitled,” starring Fredric March and written and directed by Norman Corwin. The story of a young man who has been killed in the war, as told from an unusual perspective. Cast: Paul Mann, Joseph Julian, Hester Sondergaard, Kermit Murdock, Donna Keith, Michael Ingram, Alan Drake. Music composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (10-16-46) Bing Crosby stars in the first show of the series, the first pre-recorded network radio series, with announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, the Charioteers, Lina Romay, Skitch Henderson. Bing sings “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning” and welcomes guest Bob Hope, who joins Bing for a duet on “Put It There, Pal.” Philco, ABC. (30 min) B
DESTINATION FREEDOM (10-10-48) “Little David” is the story of boxer Joe Louis, and how he rose to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Written by Richard Durham, narrated by Studs Terkel with Fred Pinkard as Joe Louis. Cast includes Oscar Brown Jr., Harry Elders, Janice Kingslowe, Charles Mountain, Les Spears. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
GREEN HORNET (10-16-40) “The Highway That Graft Built” starring Al Hodge as Britt Reid, publisher of the Daily Sentinel, with Raymond Toyo as Kato. The Sentinel discovers graft payoffs in connection with the building of a new highway. The Hornet investigates. Syndicated. (30 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #26 (recorded 8-11-42) Walter Pidgeon is master of ceremonies, with The Mills Brothers, Vera Vague, Johnny Weissmuller, The Merry Macs, Mary Martin, and Marlene Dietrich, who plays a carhop in a sketch. The Mills Brothers sing “Tiger Rag”; Weissmuller performs his Tarzan yell. AFRS. (29 min) Read the article about Marlene Dietrich in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (3-1-51) “A Foreign Affair” starring Marlene Dietrich, John Lund, and Lucille Ball. Dietrich and Lund re-create their roles from the 1948 film, about a U.S. captain in occupied Berlin who is torn between a German cafe singer and a visiting Congresswoman. Participating sponsors, NBC. (28 min and 31 min)
INNER SANCTUM (5-7-46) “You Could Die Laughing” starring Santos Ortega and Jackson Beck. A man with a year to live is involved in a hit-and-run accident. Lipton Tea and Soup, CBS. (29 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (11-6-51) J. Carroll Naish stars as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Jody Gilbert as Rosa, Hans Conried as Schultz, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding, Joe Forte as Horowitz, Ken Peters as Olsen. Luigi plans to rent a new, larger space for his antique store. Wrigley’s Gum, CBS. (30 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
MILTON BERLE SHOW (10-7-47) It’s “Uncle Milty” on radio, with Pert Kelton, Jack Albertson, Billy Sands, John Gibson, Frank Milano, Arthur Vinton, singer Dick Varney, Ray Bloch and the Orchestra. It’s a “Salute to the Wild West,” including an interview with a movie cowboy. Berle recalls paying a visit to Darryl Zanuck’s office. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
SIX SHOOTER (10-18-53) James Stewart stars as Britt Ponset, who must intervene when an 11-year-old threatens revenge against the lawman who killed his father. Cast includes Sammy Ogg, Russell Thorson, Tony Barrett. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (8-25-75) Chuck Schaden’s conversation with Howard Duff, who talks about his career on radio, movies and television. Recorded at Mr. Duff’s home in Malibu, California. (29 min) Howard Duff was born on November 24, 1913.
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (11-9-47) “The Bow Window Caper” starring Howard Duff as Sam, Lurene Tuttle as Effie. Spade investigates when a woman is murdered in a doctor’s waiting room. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS. (30 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (10-22-47) Bing Crosby stars, with announcer Ken Carpenter, the Rhythmaires, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, and guests Clifton Webb and Burl Ives, who duets with Bing on “Sweet Betsy From Pike” and “My Darlin’ Clementine.” Webb pokes fun at radio detectives as “Clifton Webb, Private Face.” Howard Duff makes a cameo appearance as Sam Spade. Philco, ABC. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (5-10-59) “On a Country Road” starring Howard Duff and Ida Lupino, with Jeanette Nolan and Norm Alden. A couple runs out of gas after hearing a news report about an escaped lunatic armed with a meat cleaver. Sustaining, CBS. (19 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW
EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (11-21-45) A pre-Thanksgiving broadcast from New York, with Thelma Carpenter, Bert Gordon, Leonard Seuss and the Orchestra, announcer Les Tremayne (substituting for Harry Von Zell), and boxer Billy Conn. Eddie wants to cook a turkey dinner in his room at the Waldorf. Bristol Myers, NBC. (28 min)
HEARTBEAT THEATRE (11-24-63) “John Ball’s Thanksgiving” starring Victor Rodman with Bill Idelson. A well-traveled philosopher passes on some thoughts about Thanksgiving. Salvation Army, Syndicated. (25 min)
CLAUDIA (11-27-47) Kathryn Bard is Claudia, Paul Crabtree is David in an isolated episode of the series. Claudia and David reluctantly prepare to have Thanksgiving dinner with David’s relatives. Joe King announces. Coca-Cola, Syndicated. (15 min)
TWO HOURS OF STARS (11-25-48) Don Ameche hosts this Thanksgiving Day extravaganza, with performances by Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore, The Mills Brothers, Mario Lanza, Vera Vague (Barbara Jo Allen), Andre Previn, impressionist Bob Hopkins, Jack Benny, Artie Auerbach (as Mr. Kitzel), Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Sara Berner, Frank Nelson, Frances Langford, Red Skelton. Langford and Ameche perform a Bickersons sketch; Skelton appears as Willy Lump-Lump and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min & 26 min & 14 min & 18 min & 15 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
RADIO TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT BY
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-1-48) Harold Peary stars as Gildy in the first of four consecutive programs, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Dick LeGrand as Peavey. With the holidays coming up, Gildy tries to get a job for Leroy. Kraft Foods, NBC. (30 min)
HALLMARK HALL OF FAME (12-19-54) “A Christmas Carol,” starring Lionel Barrymore in the legendary story by Charles Dickens, about a curmudgeonly miser who learns about the spirit of Christmas. This rebroadcast of Barrymore’s 1953 performance is introduced by Edward Arnold as a “tribute” to the actor, who died on November 15, 1954. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min) Read the article about Charles Dickens in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-11-53) “Jessica, You’re Draggin’ Your Net,” with Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Mel Blanc, Lee Millar, Herb Butterfield. Phil and Elliott go Christmas shopping and decide to buy Alice a talking crow! The recording includes Phil’s pre-show audience warm-up. RCA Victor, NBC. (40 min)
DRAGNET (12-22-49) At Christmas time, the police investigate the disappearance of a nine-year-old boy. With Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (12-17-44) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Conrad Binyon as Junior, Barbara Eiler as Babs, John Brown as Digger O’Dell, Dink Trout as Waldo Binney. A week before Christmas, Riley receives a mysterious package that says “Do Not Open Before Christmas.” American Meat Institute, NBC BLUE. (30 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
RADIO TO PLAN YOUR LIST BY
SUSPENSE (12-21-50) “A Christmas For Carol” starring Dennis Day, with Joseph Kearns, Shirley Mitchell, Sidney Miller, Jeanette Nolan, Ed Max. At Christmas time, an expectant father needs money to get his wife a full-time nurse. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (12-19-43) Frank Sinatra stars, with Axel Stordahl’s orchestra and the Bobby Tucker Singers. Frank writes a letter to a friend overseas in which he talks about family and Christmas. Songs include “My Ideal” and “White Christmas.” CBS. (15 min)
HINDS HALL OF FAME (12-23-34) Walt Disney guests in a salute to his studio’s animated stars, with the voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, the Three Little Pigs, Clara Cluck, and more. The Pigs sing “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” and Minnie presents an “American opera.” Hinds Lotion, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories and other comic books in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CHRISTMAS DAY IN AMERICA (12-25-46) A special “Hour of entertainment and inspiration” for Christmas Day, as the story of the Nativity is woven through episodes of Life Can Be Beautiful, Ma Perkins, Pepper Young’s Family, and The Right To Happiness. Narrated by Ron Rossen. Proctor and Gamble, NBC. (13 min & 15 min & 16 min & 14 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-8-48) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley, Lillian Randolph, Mary Lee Robb, Una Merkel as Adeline Fairchild. Gildy discovers that the Christmas gifts he purchased have disappeared! Second of four consecutive programs. Kraft Foods, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
RADIO TO ADDRESS CARDS BY
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-14-47) From Los Angeles City College, with Pat Patrick, Anita Gordon, announcer Ken Carpenter, Ray Noble and his Orchestra, and guest Gary Cooper, who agrees to play Santa Claus for the local children. Anita sings “Serenade of the Bells.” Chase and Sanborn, NBC. (29 min)
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (12-22-51) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia, who dreams about joining Danny on a case and finds himself on the trail of a missing scimitar! Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
DAMON RUNYON THEATRE (7-24-49) “Palm Beach Santa Claus” starring John Brown as Broadway, with the story of a fat friend who was recruited to play Santa Claus for a Palm Beach socialite. Syndicated. (26 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-15-48) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley, Mary Lee Robb, Lillian Randolph, Earle Ross, Dick LeGrand, Una Merkel. Gildy tries to economize at Christmas time. Third of four consecutive programs. Kraft Foods, NBC. (30 min)
AMERICAN WEEKLY (12-21-33) “The Christmas Eve Ghost” tells the story of a ship’s parson who dies at sea, but vows to return the following Christmas. Hearst Newspapers, Syndicated. (15 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (12-23-47) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Arthur Q. Bryan, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. The McGees’ Christmas presents are locked in the hall closet, and Fibber has lost the keys in the snow! Teeney (Marian Jordan) and the gang sing “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Johnson Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE, AND DECORATE BY
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-22-48) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley, Mary Lee Robb, Lillian Randolph, Una Merkel, Earle Ross, Dick LeGrand, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson. Gildy wants a simple family Christmas. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
FIRST NIGHTER (12-22-45) “Little Town of Bethlehem” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule as Mary and Joseph in the show’s ninth annual presentation of the Nativity story. With Sidney Ellstrom, Hugh Studebaker, Herbert Butterfield, Willard Waterman, Philip Lord. Campana Products, MBS. (29 min)
JUDY CANOVA SHOW (12-21-46) With Mel Blanc, Joe Kearns, Ruby Dandridge, Ruth Perrott, the Sportsmen Quartet, Charles Dant and the Orchestra. Judy and her Aunt Aggie are planning a Christmas party and Judy recalls a typical Christmas Eve back in Cactus Junction. Colgate-Palmolive, NBC. (30 min)
LET’S PRETEND (12-19-53) “The Night Before Christmas” is the story of a mouse family that goes to the North Pole to see what happens on Christmas Eve. “Uncle” Bill Adams hosts. Sustaining, CBS. (23 min)
CHRISTMAS SING WITH BING (12-24-56) Bing Crosby’s second annual Christmas Eve special, with Rosemary Clooney, Paul Weston and the Orchestra, the Norman Luboff Choir, announcer Ken Carpenter, and remote appearances from Maurice Chevalier, Sarah Churchill, the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir, and the Vatican Choir. AFRS rebroadcast. (27 min and 28 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
OUR MISS BROOKS (1-1-50) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin. Miss Brooks accepts an offer to babysit on New Year’s Eve from Mr. Conklin. Cast includes Jeffrey Silver; Bob Lemond announces. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
BIG TOWN (12-28-48) “Dangerous Resolution” starring Edward Pawley as Steve Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press, with Fran Carlon as reporter Lorelei Kilborn. At the end of the year, a young man resolves to quit his job as a truck driver for a gangster. Lifebuoy, NBC. (30 min)
COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-31-65 and 1-1-66) From the Pick-Congress Hotel in Chicago with announcer Jerry Mitchell. The Basie band plays “Auld Lang Syne,” “All of Me,” “Chestnut Street Ramble,” “Sometimes I’m Happy,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and others. Sustaining, NBC. (34 min)
SWEENEY AND MARCH SHOW (12-31-47) Bob Sweeney and Hal March star, with Hans Conried, Hy Averback, Jane Morgan, Florence Halop, Tommy Bernard, Lud Gluskin and the Orchestra. Hal and Bob are making plans for a New Year’s Eve block party. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (12-28-58) “The 32nd of December” starring Frank Lovejoy. A man who wants to cover his gambling debts plans to pawn his wife’s ring for cash but finds himself drawn to an unusual antique clock. Cast includes Joan Banks, Barney Phillips, Sam Pierce, Norm Alden. Sustaining, CBS. (19 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-27-42) From the Vanderbilt Theater in New York City, with Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, the Benny Goodman Sextet (in place of Phil Harris’ orchestra), and guest Fred Allen, who joins Jack and the gang for their annual New Year’s Fantasy, “The New Tenant.” Grape-Nuts flakes, NBC. (28 min)
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-24-39) “Broadway Bill” starring Robert Taylor, Frances Dee, Gail Patrick and Raymond Walburn in a radio version of Frank Capra’s 1934 film, about a young man and his race horse. Lux Soap, CBS.
BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (5-10-45) Dinah Shore stars, with Harry Von Zell, Robert Emmet Dolan and the Orchestra, and guest Frank Sinatra, who sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Birds Eye Frozen Foods, NBC.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
THE SHADOW (2-15-48) “Terror at Wolf’s Head Knoll” starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston. After an accident, Margo and Lamont seek shelter in a mysterious mansion. Blue Coal, MBS.
LIFE OF RILEY (7-5-47) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley. Riley and wife Peg have an argument and he fears that she is through with him. Dreft, NBC.
FORT LARAMIE (3-18-56) Raymond Burr stars as Capt. Lee Quince, who hopes to exchange a captured Sioux chief for two women being held by his tribe. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (1-10-45) With Harry Von Zell, Bert Gordon, Nora Martin, Leonard Seuss and the Orchestra, and the Andrews Sisters, who sing “Sonny Boy.” Bristol Myers, NBC.
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (6-20-48) “The Death-Bed Caper” starring Howard Duff. A man hires Spade to hear his brother’s death-bed confession. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS.
YOUR HIT PARADE (11-6-43) It’s the top tunes of the week, as performed by Frank Sinatra, Bea Wain, Mark Warnow and the Hit Parade Orchestra. AFRS rebroadcast.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI (4-30-52) “I Can’t Sleep” starring Dana Andrews as undercover agent Matt Cvetic, who must meet with a high official of the Party. Syndicated.
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-24-48) When Alice wants to economize on food, Frankie Remley (Elliott Lewis) suggests buying beef in quantity. Rexall, NBC.
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (7-24-50) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, who receives a call from a man whose young girlfriend has disappeared. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #126 (recorded 6-24-44) It’s an “All Western” show, with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Carole Landis, Roy Rogers, The Andrews Sisters and the Sons of the Pioneers. AFRS.
INNER SANCTUM (12-18-45) “The Undead” starring Anne Seymour. The wife of an actor fears that her husband is actually a vampire. Lipton Tea and Soup, CBS.
HARDY FAMILY (1-10-52) Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone and Fay Holden are the Hardys, re-creating the roles they played in the MGM movies. Andy must host a visiting skiing champion. Syndicated. Read the article about Mickey Rooney in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
BOSTON BLACKIE (5-28-47) Dick Kollmar stars as Blackie, who picks up a female hitch-hiker, only to be told later that the girl actually died three years earlier! Syndicated.
PHILCO RADIO TIME (10-29-47) Bing Crosby stars, with guests Victor Moore and Boris Karloff. Bing is making plans for Hallowe’en. Philco, ABC.
WEIRD CIRCLE (2-20-44) “Frankenstein,” based on the classic story by Mary Shelley, about a scientist who is working on a unique experiment in his laboratory. Syndicated.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
GOOD NEWS OF 1939 (4-13-39) Robert Young is master of ceremonies, with Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Frank Morgan, and guests Melvyn Douglas and Virginia Bruce, who perform a sketch, “I’ll Be Suing You.” Maxwell House Coffee, NBC.
COUNTERSPY (4-4-50) “Case of the Magic Murder” starring Don McLaughlin as David Harding, Mandel Kramer as Harry Peters. Harding must locate a brain surgeon after Peters is shot. Pepsi-Cola, NBC.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
DANNY KAYE SHOW (2-17-45) With Eve Arden, Lionel Stander, Harry James and the Orchestra. Danny gets kicked out of his apartment. Pabst, CBS. Read the article about The Danny Kaye Show in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (7-17-47) “The Self-Made Hero” stars Staats Cotsworth as Casey, with Jan Miner as Anne Williams. A young man who has staged a crime to impress a girl. Anchor Hocking Glass, CBS.
ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (1-12-50) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie, who teams up with a trained dog for a vaudeville act. Cast includes Sam Hearn, Hans Conried, Harry Bartell, Marvin Miller, Sheldon Leonard. Syndicated.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
CRIME DOES NOT PAY (11-14-49) “Body of the Crime” starring Parker Fennelly as a farmer who is suspected of murdering two women for their land. Syndicated.
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (8-22-44) George and Gracie welcome Van Johnson, with Bill Goodwin, Elvia Allman. Gracie is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall. AFRS rebroadcast.
X MINUS ONE (8-7-56) “The Last Martian” starring Santos Ortega, Elliott Reid. A newspaper reporter is sent to meet a man who claims he is from the planet Mars. Sustaining, NBC.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (11-19-40) Jim and Marian Jordan as the McGees, who are invited to visit Molly’s Uncle Dennis over Thanksgiving. Johnson’s Wax, NBC.
SUSPENSE (11-25-48) “The Screaming Woman” stars Margaret O’Brien as a young girl who hears the screams of a woman buried alive. Auto-Lite, CBS.
BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (11-22-45) Dinah Shore stars, with guest Groucho Marx, who has brought a live turkey to Dinah’s house for Thanksgiving. Harry Von Zell announces. Birds Eye Frozen Foods, NBC.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-20-37) “The Song of Songs” starring Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in a radio version of the 1933 film about the romance between a sculptor and his model. Lux Soap, CBS. Read the article about Marlene Dietrich in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
OUR MISS BROOKS (12-17-50) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, who has been put in charge of Madison High School’s Christmas clothing drive. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (12-9-36) “The Story of the Christmas Seal” tells the story of Emily Bissell and “the growth of a magnificent campaign for the better health of this country.” DuPont, CBS.
DUFFY’S TAVERN (12-18-46) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the Manager, who wants guest Joan Bennett to take part in a raffle to benefit needy families at Christmas. Bristol Myers, NBC.
THEATRE OF ROMANCE (12-25-45) “The Messiah” starring Edward Arnold. The story of how George Frederick Handel came to write The Messiah. Cast includes Cathy Lewis, Lou Merrill. Colgate, CBS.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-17-50) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson. Jack and Mary go Christmas shopping. Lucky Strike, CBS.
SIX SHOOTER (12-20-53) James Stewart stars as Britt Ponset, who encounters a runaway boy and tells him a western version of A Christmas Carol. Sustaining, NBC.
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (12-23-49) Morgan tells the story of how a group of children went to Washington to make every day Christmas. With Pert Kelton, Arnold Stang, John Gibson. Sustaining, NBC.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
THEATRE GUILD ON THE AIR (12-24-50) “David Copperfield,” starring Richard Burton, Boris Karloff, and Cyril Ritchard in a radio adaptation of the story by Charles Dickens, about a young boy who is sent to London after the death of his mother. U.S. Steel, NBC. Read the article about Charles Dickens in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
AMERICAN MELODY HOUR (12-24-47) A program of Christmas music, with Bob Hannon, Evelyn MacGregor, The Knightsbridge Chorus, The American Melody Orchestra, violinist Raimo Bolognini, announcer Howard Claney. Bayer, Lyons Toothpaste, CBS.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
PHILCO RADIO HALL OF FAME (12-26-43) Host Deems Taylor welcomes Fred Allen, Lauritz Melchior, Helen Forrest, Lou Holtz, Raymond Edward Johnson and Paul Whiteman and the Orchestra, who offer a symphonic arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne.” Philco, NBC BLUE.
LIFE OF RILEY (12-31-44) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg. Riley plans a New Year’s Eve party and plans to invite a serviceman. American Meat Institute, NBC BLUE.
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